Events

“Give me to the earth when my winter comes,
Bury me deep in the ground.
Mark not my place with statues or caves,
Find me where life can be found.”
— LURANA BROWN

Thinking out your end-of-life wishes is never easy, but there are now new approaches to traditional funeral service that will leave you feeling surprisingly optimistic. Stewardship for the earth and care of the planet have not previously been high on most people’s end-of-life wish lists. In fact, there’s a common misconception that cremation is “greener” than full casket burial because the plot for an urn requires less cemetery space. This is not the case!

Join us to discuss how a formaldehyde-free burial in pine, willow or wool casket or dramatic shroud is kinder to the earth and one way your death could actually uplift others and return useful molecules to the soil from which we essentially sprang. You’ll also hear about modern modes of accelerating the body’s return to the soil in the works in other states. The good news is this: you can abide by the American burial practice of 200 years ago, and become a tree, after all!

Amy Cunningham is a New York state licensed funeral director, green burial advocate, and home funeral guide. She manages the lively blog The Inspired Funeral.com, and owns the firm Fitting Tributes Funeral Services.

Space is limited, please register here.

Award-winning author and Brooklynite Fran Hawthorne brings her debut novel The Heirs to the Old Stone House. Join us to hear all about the book, pick up your copy, and enjoy traditional Polish and Jewish refreshments.

The Heirs tells the story of how a New Jersey soccer mom — the daughter of a Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivor — becomes obsessed with the Polish-Catholic family of her 9-year-old son’s soccer teammate.

Fran Hawthorne has built her career as a journalist and nonfiction author. She was inspired to write her first novel by a classmate of her son’s at PS 321 in Park Slope, along with her own father’s and grandparents’ escape from Poland less than two years before the Nazi invasion.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and the author will be happy to sign.

Reserve your spot via Brown Paper Tickets.

This acoustic instrumental meet-up focuses on tunes in the following traditions: Irish, English, New England Old Time, French Canadian, American Southern, and maybe even Scandinavian. Songs are typically suitable for contra dancing or other traditional fiddle tunes. This group is intended for folks interested in playing tunes with other musicians, learning to play by ear, and overall increasing their own musical skill. It’s fun and welcoming to all ages and levels of playing. While we won’t play from sheet music, you can certainly use this as a reference on your own!

What do you mean by SLOW JAM? All acoustic instruments (e.g., fiddle, mandolin, guitar, cello, etc.) are welcome and the typical format is that we sit in a circle (or circle-ish, depending on the space) and take turns suggesting/leading a song. The songs will typically follow the AABB format (two “A” parts followed by two “B” parts) and we will simply play it over many repeats and if you know it, great (!), but if you don’t, you try to figure it out as we go along, maybe picking up a few notes here and there. We’ll play tunes at a slow to moderate speed so that they are accessible to a variety of levels.

It’s fun and can be challenging, but is a great way to improve your playing. You don’t have to be a great player, play in tune, or know the songs to give it a shot. If you want to suggest a song, you should either know the song well enough to play it on repeat or we can see if anyone else does!

Sign up here!

Did you know that we host morning yoga classes at OSH? Now is a great time to join in via Zoom! The Meeting ID is 955 795 5101.

Gather your yoga supplies and join instructor Lissy Vomacka online from 8 am – 9:30 am Monday through Friday, or from 5 pm – 6:30 pm on weekends.

Participants are encouraged to make a donation to the good cause (small business, charity, food bank, etc.) of their choice in return for free class instruction.

A baked apple tart

Come join your neighbors at the outdoor wood-fired oven at the Old Stone House.

You can bring any dish or recipe — from bread to chicken, from cookies to pie.

You don’t have to share what you bake, but you will find many willing taste-testers! Kids are welcome and generally have a great time. Non-bakers are also welcome to come hang out and volunteer for taste-testing duty!

Firing the oven will start around 9am, and we’ll bake from noon-ish until 4pm. Drop by any time! Keep in mind, when it gets busy there may be a wait of an hour or so until a spot opens up in the oven.

We’ll be standing around outside the entire time, so be sure to dress with that in mind. The weather can be unpredictable. We will bake even if it is cold or raining, however, if it is windy we may cancel.

Click here to visit the Meetup page and sign up.

Did you know that we host morning yoga classes at OSH? Now is a great time to join in via Zoom! The Meeting ID is 955 795 5101.

Gather your yoga supplies and join instructor Lissy Vomacka online from 8 am – 9:30 am Monday through Friday, or from 5 pm – 6:30 pm on weekends.

Participants are encouraged to make a donation to the good cause (small business, charity, food bank, etc.) of their choice in return for free class instruction.

The Park Slope Avenue BID has cancelled the Taste of Fifth for the health of the community. All tickets will be refunded. The BID is also encouraging everyone to continue to safely support our restaurants and bars. They need us now more than ever!

The BID has also made it easy for people who still want to donate. During disasters like this, local charities get hit hard. To help all the community non-profits that usually participate in the Taste of Fifth, click here to make a contribution. The BID will award the top-earning non-profit an additional $500 so please, give your donation today!

Bring your favorite acoustic instrument to OSH on April 1 from 6 pm – 9 pm to play along in this month’s Slow Jam!

This group is intended for folks interested in playing tunes with other musicians, learning to play by ear, and increasing their own musical skill.
These monthly sessions are fun and welcoming to all ages and levels of playing.
We won’t play from sheet music, but you can use it for your own reference.

To sign up, visit Meetup.

Join us for a special event with authors Julie Winter and Rachel Koenig to celebrate their new books!

Hear excerpts from Winter’s novel of linked stories Dancing Home, a story about love in NYC; and Koenig’s highly anticipated novel in progress The Ravens’ Bridge, which explores the mysteries of Prague.

This event is hosted by the Ministry of Maat.